Tuesday, 21 February 2012

What to Avoid When Making Your Custom Wallpaper

With the relatively new technology of custom wallpaper, there are common mistakes people make that can reduce their enjoyment of their custom designs. Pay attention to these four important aspects when creating your custom wallpaper design and you will get full enjoyment out of your custom wallpaper for years to come.

Make sure you own the rights to the photo or design

To be sure you are not violating copyrights, use your own photos, get permission from the photographer, or purchase an image or design from a stock photo dealer. This will save you from legal issues later.

Make sure the photo has sufficient resolution

Your pictures should be taken with a camera with at least six megapixels, and the higher the better. If you are unsure if your photo will work, send it in to megaprint.com and they can tell you if there will be any issues before your custom wallpaper is printed. If you are buying images online, get the highest resolution possible.

Make sure it is a design you can live with

Before you blow up your photo to put on your wall, be sure that there are no imperfections or out of place details that will bother you once they are expanded and mounted on your wall. Zoom in on your image and check the whole thing for issues that will be distracting on your wall. Also make sure the subject of the photo is appropriate for the setting. You may or may not want to stare at a photo of yourself larger-than-life every day. So put some thought into your designs and you will thank yourself later.

Make sure to get your dimensions correct
Measure your wall or space to be sure that your dimensions are correct. You do not want to have to crop off important parts of your image just to get it to fit on your wall. Remember the old adage; measure twice, cut once. This applies here, get it right to give your custom wallpaper a custom fit.

Zach Ball is an online publishr and interior design enthusiast for www.Megaprint.com and writes articles on the topics of design and printing.

Monday, 6 February 2012

How to Feng Shui your Appliances

Modern Feng Shui

Modern Feng Shui informs that the location of appliances and electrical outlets in the home can generate good or bad luck. The number and placement of electrical devices, accordingly, influences physical well-being, prosperity and harmony among people living in the house.

Digital Cameras and other Mobile Appliances
Appliances that we take from home to carry with us during the day like digital cameras, mobile phones and laptops give off electromagnetic charge. In transporting these devices we need to be mindful of where we carry them on our person and how frequently we use them.

Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is the only room in the house that commonly contains all the elements of Feng Shui: Fire, Water, Wood, Metal and Earth. This means that the kitchen is an easy place to begin balancing the placement of your home appliances. Technologies that make up the fire element like the Oven, Microwave and Stove should not be positioned opposite appliances of the water element like the Refrigerator and kitchen sink.

Westinghouse fridges come in a range of sizes and shapes for fitting in a correct Feng Shui placement. White and stainless steel fridges match well with wood panelling or timber benches; satisfying the wood element in the Feng Shui landscape.

• Ideally the water element appliances such as water filtration systems and fridges should face each other.
• An important Feng Shui tip for your refrigerator is that it should be regularly cleaned out. Clutter and old food brings negative energy or ‘Chi’.
• Many modern, time-saving kitchen appliances have made the kitchen home to more elements that ever before.
• Modern Feng Shui addresses the issue of arranging numerous appliances by design and placement to correctly orient these devices within our homes.

Appliances in the Bedroom
The bedroom should be a place of quiet relaxation and serenity. Televisions in the bedroom disrupt the peace and produce an electromagnetic field. Bedroom appliances also require extra power cables that disturb the flow of Chi. Power cables and outlets should definitely be kept away from the position of your head during sleep. Digital alarm clocks or mobile phones on the bedside table should be shifted to beyond the length of the bed. Having to get out of bed to switch off the alarm will ensure you don’t keep hitting the snooze button and run late.

Home Office Serenity
The home office is generally the room in the house with the most appliances running at once. The PC, External Hard Drive, Monitor, Speakers, Printer, Telephone, Fax are usually all running or on standby all day and night. The amount of cables and power outlets under the office desk could be having a negative impact on your production levels, health and prosperity.
• Scientific knowledge of the long term effects of continued exposure to high levels of electromagnetic fields is only in early stages.
• Many of our most commonly used electrical appliances have only been available for a short time so conclusive evidence on long term exposure is unavailable.

Entertainment Units
Another area of the house where many appliances are clustered is the lounge room. Keep the couch as far from the entertainment unit as possible and make sure there are no power outlets or cables running close to the lounge chairs.
• A vase of fresh flowers in the living area is very good Feng Shui; it is thought to bring life and abundance to your home.
• Larger potted plants can be placed to balance energy flow and bring harmony into a room with many electrical appliances.

How to Make Money out of Storage Auctions

Many people take to storage units all over the world that are a great solution to space saving problems, where they are charged in order to store their belongings. However if the rent is not paid on time, a tenant is not allowed to pick up his belongings from the house until he pays the rent.If however, a tenant is still not able to pay, all the stuff in the storage unit is put up for auction. These auctions also take place in the event of sudden deaths and divorce cases also where people put all their belongings into the hotchpot. Such an auction is called a storage auction.

Though the auction of someone else's belongings does not offer a very pleasant site to an onlooker, these storage auctions are an excellent option to make quick and easy money. However, it is not an easy task and requires a lot of careful research, sagaciousness combined with a good luck.

This business offers a lot of advantages to everyone. For example, this business does not necessarily require an experience and even someone who is new in the field can do exceptionally well, provided that person has good discerning abilities. Another advantage of this business is that one does not need to quit an existing job or a business. These storage auctions are usually held on weekends or during evenings when it is possible for most of the people to attend. Also this business is recession proof, in fact it flourishes more during economically low times as people have no jobs and hence no money to pay rent, which leads them to be evicted from the storage units much more frequently than normal times.290

A few simple tips shall go a long way in guiding us to perfection in this business. We must always confirm about the auction before we leave as most auctions do get cancelled in the event of the tenant paying back the rent and matters getting resolved. One must always be 10-15 minutes early for an auction.
Also, one must never go by the size of the unit as it is a very misleading notion. On getting a chance to peer in and have a look inside the unit, we must observe very carefully and mentally make a note of the customer and try to judge the value of goods depending on the kind of person the customer was. It is also advisable to go for these storage space auctions when there are many auctions happening in a close range of area, as it ensures a lesser crowd and comparatively less competition from the bidders.

Sometimes the belongings that we incur during these auctions also can be re-auctioned again and give us multiple gains. With careful research and planning, one can earn quite a-lot of profits. There have been examples of cases where people have found discarded shoe boxes full of treasure after paying meagre amounts for the London storage units. There have also been cases where people have paid a lot of money and finally ended up with nothing but used shoes and stacks of dirty clothes.

Hence these few simple tips along with a piece of luck shall go a long way in helping us earn some easy side money from time to time and hence one can easily be adept at this business and conciliate huge gains.However one must be cautious as well as these auctions are nothing less than a gamble. So we may lose a lot if luck does not favour us.


This article is about the various money-making techniques out of the storage auctions. The article suggests very practical tips on how to earn money the easier way by avoiding the common blunders we make in such situations. Its not so easy to earn money off storage units auctions but one can earn easily by being cautious and at the same time very astute. Hence one can start off with earning huge money right from the start as a person with less experience can earn as good as someone who has been practising this since a long time. However, this is not just based on good discerning abilities and presence of mind but also on luck and the fellow bidders. However we must keep the competitive spirit within us at a bay as these auctions are not about competing, but about business.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Vertical blinds: ideal for the office

While vertical blinds aren’t restricted to the office, they’re certainly a good choice for that setting. Once you get past the stereotype of waiting rooms and dental surgeries, vertical blinds are actually quite an aesthetically pleasing window covering.

Though only recently made commercially available, vertical blinds have been around for ages. Such a simple form of window covering was bound to become commercialised at some point, though, and a design patented in 1950 by a Mr Bopp was the first vertical blind to become a ‘household name’, as it were.

Popular for both aesthetic reasons (attractive alternative to curtains) and practical reasons (easy to make fit any window installation), vertical blinds’ popularity was cemented as soon as they became available. Office owners across the globe took notice of this and began sticking them up wherever possible, presumably to give workers an alternative to the curtains they had at home (or perhaps for cost reasons! Vertical blinds are often great value for money).

The privacy benefits of vertical blinds are ideal for offices. During the day, the blinds can be opened to let light in and to let people see out, but the view in will be obscured. This can be useful when protecting company privacy, or simply to prevent distractions from the outside world. The option to let light in while blocking the view of outside is something that curtains simply can’t offer.
Of course, vertical blinds can also be used outside the office, and are a common fixture in many homes around the world. And why shouldn’t they be?